[meteorite-list] 1900 era New York Times Meteor Wrong Articles
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Sun Feb 25 12:59:38 EST 2007
A few New York Times meteoritic articles from the same time period.
Paper: The New York Times
City: New York City, New York
Date: Sunday, November 14, 1897
Page: 1 (of 24)
MESSAGE PERHAPS FROM MARS.
Strange Characters Found in an Aerolite Which Struck the Earth Near
BINGHAMTON, Nov. 13. - Scientists in this city are puzzling over an
aerial visitor that dropped in this vicinity early this morning. Prof.
Jeremiah McDonald, who resides on Park Avenue, was returning home at an
early hour this morning when there was a blinding flash of light and an
object buried itself in the ground a short distance from his premises.
Later it was dug up and found to be a mass of some foreign substance that
had been fused by intense heat. It was still hot, and when cooled off in
water was broken open. Inside was found what might have been a piece of
metal on which were a number of curious marks that some think to be
characters. When opened, the stone emitted a strong sulphurous smell.
Prof. Whitney of the High School declared it an aerolite, but different
from anything he had ever seen. The metal had been fused to a whitish
substance, and is of unknown quality to the scientific men who have examined
it. The aerolite is now on exhibition and will be placed in the geological
collection of the High School. Several persons have advanced the opinion
that this is a message from another planet, probably Mars. The marks bear
some resemblance to Egyptian writing, in the minds of some. Prof. McDonald
is among those who believe the mysterious ball was meant as a means of
communication from another world.
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